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3112 - Board-Staff Communications

The School Board desires to maintain open channels of communication between itself and the staff. The basic line of communication, however, will be through the Superintendent.

  A. Staff Communications to the Board
    All communications from staff to the Board or its committees shall be submitted through the Superintendent or as directed by the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall forward such communications received from staff to the Board at the earliest convenience. This procedure is not intended to deny any staff member the constitutional right of free speech or the right to appeal to the Board on important matters through established procedures.


  B. Board Communications to Staff
    All official policies and directives of the Board of interest to the staff will be communicated through the Superintendent, who shall also keep staff members informed of the Board's problems, concerns, and actions.


  C. Social Interaction
    Both staff and Board members share a keen interest in the schools and in education generally, and it is to be expected that when they interact at social affairs and other functions, they will informally discuss such matters as educational trends, issues, and innovations, and general activities of the District. However, since Board members have no special authority except when they are convened at a legal meeting of the Board or vested with special authority by Board action, staff and Board members are not to discuss personalities, personnel grievances, or other complaints. Any such discussion will be considered unethical conduct on the part of the Board member and unprofessional conduct on the part of the staff member. Such matters are to be addressed in accordance with the procedures established in Board policy.


F.S. 1001.32

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